University of Kiel

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University of Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Siegel der CAU.png
Seal of the University of Kiel
Latin: Academia Holsatorum Chiloniensis
Christiana Albertina
Motto Pax optima rerum
Motto in English
Peace is the greatest good
Type Public
Established 1665
President Lutz Kipp[de]
Administrative staff
Students 26,000
Location Kiel, Germany
Campus Urban
Colors Purple and white          

The University of Kiel (German: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, CAU) is a university in the city of Kiel, Germany. It was founded in 1665 as the Academia Holsatorum Chiloniensis by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp and has approximately 26,000 students today. The University of Kiel is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Until 1864/66 it was not only the northernmost university in Germany but at the same time the 2nd largest university of Denmark. Faculty, alumni, and researchers of the University of Kiel have won 12 Nobel Prizes. The University of Kiel is a member of the German Universities Excellence Initiative since 2006. The Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean, which was established in cooperation with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in 2006, is internationally recognized. The second Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces" deals with chronic inflammatory diseases. The world-renowned Kiel Institute for the World Economy is also affiliated with the University of Kiel.


The University of Kiel was founded under the name Christiana Albertina on 5 October 1665 by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. The citizens of the city of Kiel were initially quite sceptical about the upcoming influx of students, thinking that these could be "quite a pest with their gluttony, heavy drinking and their questionable character" (German: mit Fressen, Sauffen und allerley leichtfertigem Wesen sehr ärgerlich seyn). But those in the city who envisioned economic advantages of a university in the city won, and Kiel thus became the northernmost university in the German Holy Roman Empire.

After 1773, when Kiel had come under Danish rule, the university began to thrive, and when Kiel became part of Prussia in the year 1867, the university grew rapidly in size. The university opened one of the first botanical gardens in Germany (now the Alter Botanischer Garten Kiel), and Martin Gropius designed many of the new buildings needed to teach the growing number of students.

The Christiana Albertina was one of the first German universities to obey the Gleichschaltung in 1933 and agreed to remove many professors and students from the school, for instance Ferdinand Tönnies or Felix Jacoby. During World War II, the University of Kiel suffered heavy damage, therefore it was later rebuilt at a different location with only a few of the older buildings housing the medical school.


Aerial view of the central campus

Notable people[edit]


See also Category:University of Kiel alumni


See also Category:University of Kiel faculty

Nobel Prize Winners[edit]

The University of Kiel helped develop this radiation detector for a Mars probe.[1]

There are several Nobel Prize Winners affiliated with the University of Kiel, including:

Points of interest[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SwRI Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) Homepage". Southwest Research Institute. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 54°20′20″N 10°07′21″E / 54.33889°N 10.12250°E / 54.33889; 10.12250